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US bishops: Fighting racism is a long-term battle – but a critical one

Dialogue to foster conversion of hearts is the goal of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, said the... Read more

Cardinal Wuerl: We must address the challenge of racism

In a new pastoral letter on racism, the Archbishop of Washington has encouraged Catholics to recognize the dignity of every... Read more

Here's how the Church in Baltimore is taking concrete steps to fight racism

As racial tensions continue across the United States, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore announced a statewide task force to combat... Read more

Bishop Edward Braxton. Courtesy of The Catholic University of America Communications Office.

How do we heal racial tensions? Start by admitting errors, US bishop says

To address the longstanding racial divide within the United States – and within the Catholic Church in the country –... Read more

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Hate speech is vocal pornography, says Archbishop Gregory

The Archbishop of Atlanta said this week that racism must be solved through encounter, and stressed that ignorance is the... Read more

UVA candle light vigil for Charlottesville.

The rise of the 'alt-right' – how should the Church respond?

People are probably familiar with white supremacist groups like neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan – both of which made... Read more

US bishops create Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism

In the wake of the recent white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, the U.S. bishops have announced that they are establishing... Read more

A brief history of the Catholic Church's fight against racism

Catholic bishops from around the country recently condemned the white nationalism at rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Read more

Priest collar.

Arlington priest reveals former KKK membership, takes voluntary leave of absence

An Arlington priest revealed Monday that he was a former member of the Ku Klux Klan before converting while in... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, California.

In wake of violence, archbishop urges Catholics to foster racial peace

Responding to violence caused by the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Archbishop of Los Angeles said the message... Read more

Lit candle at the memorial for Orlando at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rome.

Bishops across US condemn racism after white supremacist rally in Charlottesville

With deadly violence following a rally of white supremacists this past weekend in Charlottesville, Va., bishops throughout the nation denounced... Read more

Human shields outside of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Portland, Oregon.

Portland responds with love after Latino Catholics harassed during Mass

A week after Hispanic Catholics experienced racial harassment and taunts from a group of men during a Spanish Mass, the... Read more

How the Catholic Church needs to fight racism

If it hopes to bring peace to racial tensions in the U.S., the Catholic Church must be more present in... Read more

A man talks to police in riot gear as they wait in an alley after a second night of clashes between protestors and police August 15, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Racism, poverty, education – a closer look at the tensions in Milwaukee

After riots last weekend in Milwaukee brought long-standing social tensions to the surface, Catholic leaders are calling for prayer first... Read more

Racial tensions spark day of prayer, peace task force with US bishops

After several shootings and increased racial tensions around the country, the head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops... Read more

Members of Congress hold a prayer circle for Charleston shooting victims outside the White House, June 18, 2015.

After mass shooting horror, S.C. Catholics mourn with Charleston church

A mass shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C. drew prayers and sympathy from the state’s Catholics, aghast... Read more

Activisits hold hands during rally lead by faith leaders in front of Baltimore City Hall on May 3, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

How the US bishops believe America can overcome racial violence

The head of the U.S. bishops’ conference pledged support for reconciliation and healing efforts in areas around the country that... Read more

Rise of racism, exclusion in Europe prompts call for action

Church representatives across Europe cautioned Wednesday against a rise in xenophobic attitudes toward minorities and urged political leaders to stop... Read more

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville takes part in a press conference at the USCCB's Fall General Assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 12, 2013.

US bishops praise continuing Civil Rights movement

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was “a monumental step forward” for human dignity, but continued work is necessary to... Read more

Nelson Mandela greets Pope John Paul II on his arrival at the airport in Johannesburg on September 16, 1995.

Mandela’s legacy is one of 'reconciliation,' priest says

In wake of the passing of Nelson Mandela, spokesman for South Africa’s Episcopal Conference lauded his political achievements, stating that... Read more